Writer: Site Staff
Date:Friday November 15 2013
Matt Grimes has said he's loving life at Exeter at the moment given that he's our youngest in the squad with a number, but he's more than earnt that.
With financial constraints again playing their part in manager Paul Tisdale's summer dealings and 'squad' selection for the coming season, he made no secret of the fact that with so many experienced players moving on, he would have to use, rely on and in some ways demand that our youngsters stepped up to the plate, and he's clearly been pleased with what he's seen from Grimes.
And clearly Grimes is happy with his own progress as this time last season he was in front of a dozen people - mostly club staff - turning out for our U18 side, but this campaign he's already made nine appearances in all competitions and is a genuine contender for the first team owing to how he's stepped up to the plate and performed. For the club, the joy is that he's only 18 years old, and irrespective of the promise he's shown so far, as long as he keeps his head down he can only become more useful on the pitch, develop further and grow with more experience.
Speaking to the Official Site about his progress Grimes admitted that the belief Tisdale has in him is fantastic for his own confidence and even though he harboured hope of debuting this year and getting a few appearances to help bring him on, being this involved and on the verge of his tenth game already (five of which have been starts) is well beyond his expectations.
'At the start of the season I really didn't expect to be doing as well as I am now and I didn't expect to have played anywhere near as many games as I have so far. I was targeting five appearances to bring myself into it and get a feel, but with the way it has gone, I really couldn't be happier.'
Grimes goes on to say that players can work their socks off in training but it doesn't always transpire that a manager will put faith in them that quickly so he does count himself lucky, and his advice to fellow youngsters at the club is just keep plugging away because clearly when the gaffer sees something in them he's not afraid to give them the opportunity to swim.
Date:Friday November 15 2013
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